161 posts categorized "Ink Blending"


Wed 06

No Bake Gingerbread House
by Michelle Bala


Hello there! Michelle here, sharing the newest 2021 Holiday Release.   I used the Gingerbread House Frame Die. It comes with all the accessories you would need to decorate your house. I did add some previously released dies, the Pine Trees from the Pine Tree Collage Die and the deer from the Snowglobe Backer Die.

I due cut all the images using Copic friendly paper and colored with Copic Markers. I used shades R17 R29; BG000 BG11 BG32 BG13; 

YG21 YG23 YG25; Y11 Y15; RV10 RV11 RV13; E41 E43 E23 E37 E29. I inked up the background with kitsch flamingo, spun sugar and black soot distress oxide inks. Than I added some paint splatters. I assembled all the die cuts and added Dewdrop Glitter Glue. 

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I used the stamp set Yuletide Moments. I had so much fun creating this Gingerbread House...mess free HAHA!!! 

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!

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Fri 01

Memory Box Challenge #77- Holidays!

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Greetings friends. It is time for a another challenge! We hope you will join us in the fun. Please note that we changed the rules for the monthly challenge, so be sure to read the rules if you are participating in the October challenge.

Thank you so much to everyone participated in last month's stripe challenge. We always love seeing your incredible creations.

The winner of the blog badge was Bonnie from the Stamping with Klass blog. We really loved the elegant striped background of her card.


The random winner selected from all the entries to win the prizes was Lynne R from Lynne's Craft Haven.

Please contact me at stampjournal@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Want to play along in this month's challenge?  The rules are simple - just create a project following the theme, use at least one Memory Box stamp or die on your project and link your entry to this blog post.  You can make a card, a scrapbook page, a home decor item, etc..  To encourage participants with various levels of stamping experience, one entry will be selected at random to win a prize. Enter as many times as you want, but your name will only be entered once into the random prize drawing.   In addition, the design team will select their favorite entry to  be highlighted on the Outside the Box blog and that designer will receive our winner badge to proudly display on their blog. 

You don't have to have a blog in order to participate.   You can upload your project to any online gallery and link it to this post.   In fairness to other players, we reserve the right to remove entries that do not use at least one Memory Box product.  You are also welcome to link your design to other challenges.  Feel free to grab our badge to post on your blog post or side bar.

**Please note, because of issues with shipping internationally, only domestic entries will be eligible to be shipped prizes. We are so very sorry that we had to add this stipulation.**


Memory Box has a new holiday release, so it is the perfect time to introduce a holiday challenge.  We would love to see how you interpret the theme. It could be Christmas, but it definitely doesn't have to be! What holidays do you celebrate?

All we ask is that you use at least one Memory Box product in your entry.

Need a bit of inspiration? Our design team member Donna Sledzik created a card to help inspire you and wrote instructions to help you recreate the design.



To make the card, die cut the Slim Pinpoint Burst Plate from white cardstock and use Old Paper, Antique Linen, Walnut Stain and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks to color the panel.

Next, die cut the lamp post from black cardstock and the candle from white cardstock.  Color the candle with colored pencils then glue the lamp to a piece of acetate and trim away the excess acetate.  


Die cut the pine needles and holly branch from green cardstock.  

Heat emboss the sentiment on a strip of black cardstock.

To assemble the card, glue the candle to the background and then adhere the lantern over it.  

Glue the greens in place and add some Tim Holtz Snow Texture Paste to the greens.  While the paste was still wet, sprinkle glitter over the wet paste.


Splatter the card with white ink and added some Red Fairy Crystals and Fairy Jewels.

Glue a red bow to the lamp post and used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.



There are several ways for you to enter the contest:

1.)  Link your finished work below

2.)  Enter on Instagram by tagging your sketch project with the #mbchallenge77 hashtag

You have until the end of the day (EST) on Sunday, October 31st.   Don't forget, you have to use at least one Memory Box item on your entry and only domestic entries are eligible to be shipped prizes. 


One project will be chosen at random to win the Lamp post die featured in this post as well as some holiday jewels to decorate:





Thu 23

Balloon Bunch Background
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  I needed to build up my birthday card stash, and the Balloon Bunch die from the Summer Daydreams collection fit the bill! 😉  I just stretched it to create a balloon background.

A bunch (pun intended 😁) of the balloons were die cut out from masking paper.  Modified them by cutting away different areas to get the look I wanted, then adhered them to a Bristol panel.


Using blender brushes next, ink blended Salvaged Patina, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire distress inks (DI) for an ombré look.   Spritz with water and pat with a paper towel.  I find this not only gives texture, but helps the inks to blend better as well.


Splattered the entire panel with water and white gouache paint before removing the balloon masks revealing this…


YAY was die cut with the Twiggy Thank You die three times from black cardstock and stacked for dimension.   I could have used the Twiggy Alphabet dies, but I felt the larger size of the Twiggy Thank You worked better for my card.


The sentiment from Birthday Rose Corner stamp set was white heat embossed on black cardstock and trimmed into a strip.  Some clear drops were added to finish.


And since the supplies were out, I made a second card in rainbow colors to add to my stash!  


And that does it for me today.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful day.






Thu 16

Flowering Cactus Birthday
by Trina Pham


Hello everyone.  Today I am sharing an easy and fun birthday card made with the Flowering Cactus stamp and die set from the Summer Daydreams collection.

Started by stamping the smaller cactus image from the set with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress It cardstock.  Colored it with Copic markers, then die cut out with the matching die.  Created the planter by partial die cutting Bristol paper with the Nested Globe die and coloring it in with Copic markers.  


Next, die cut the Lattice Plate from Poppy Stamps three times from Bristol paper and stacked them for dimension.  The sentiment was white heat embossed on black cardstock, then die cut out with its coordinating die.  Before assembling the card, Salvaged Patina distress ink was applied to the upper left corner of a white A2 size card base.  Was ready to call it done, but then decided to turn it into a faux shaker and randomly add clear jewels within the sunken diamond areas.  Clear shimmer added to the pink flowers finished off the card.


And that’s it.  Thank you for joining me.  Have a wonderful weekend  





Mon 13

Wreath Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  It is finally raining in the northwest and it just puts me in the card making mood.  I have a wreath birthday card with a lot of dimension and depth, with a little sparkle.  I have been using my mixed media supplies more and more.  In today's card  I'm using my sprays and embossing powder in this card.


Background Panel:

Create your own pattern paper with the Signature Stamp stamp set is easy with some embossing powder and ink. Cut heavy white card stock to 4 1/8" square.  Stamp Happy Birthday from the Signature Greetings stamp set with embossing ink all over the background.  I used a light golden embossing powder and heat set.  After cooled, ink blend from the sides half way in with Distress Oxide ink Antique Linen.  Leaving the center white. 


Gold heat emboss twice the Sending Happy Birthday from the Signature Greetings stamp set.  Making sure to let cool in-between embossing.  Die cut with matching die. 


Wreath Elements:

Die cut the Eucalyptus Collage, Delicate Wreath and the flowers and birds die from the Willow Globe from heavy white card stock least 3 times.  Die cut the flowers at least 3 more times.  I used Lindys Spray inks to color my dies cuts using pink and golden sprays for flowers and 2 wreaths.  For the eucalyptus leaves and 1 wreath I used Lindys Magical powder Shabby Turbine Teal. Leave the birds white.  Using shaping tools I shaped the flowers and leaves while still slightly damp.  



Create a top folding 4 1/4" square card base from heavy white card stock.  Add foam tape to the back ground panel and center it on the card base.  Layer the 3 wreath die cuts and adhere down. Adhere in the eucalyptus leaves, birds, and flowers around the wreath.  Add light pink and green Fair Jewlels to the center of the flowers and randomly around the wreath.  Add foam dots to the back of the sentiment and adhere it to the center of the wreath.





Wed 08

Spooky Night Halloween Slimline Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I don't know about you but I am ready for fall, Halloween card making time!  One of my favorite cards to create, spooky night scenes.  I have a Halloween card fueaturing the Castle Collage Dies.


Sky Background:

Die cut the 3rd largest die from Slim Basic Rectangles set out of heavy white card stock.  Make a mask for the moon by die cutting the 2nd to the smallest die in the Circle Basics set from masking paper.  peel off the backing and adhere in the upper right hand corner of the panel.  Ink blend from the listed to darkest Distress Oxide inks, Mustard Seed, Crackling Campfire, Hickory Smoke, and Dusty Concord. Blend Black Shoot around the upper corners.  Peel off the mask.  Use the blending tool with the extra ink on it (do not add more) of the Hickory Smoke and Dusty Concord and lightly blend around the moon.  Then take a white gel pen and outline the moon.  Take our finger and blend out the ink to create a haze around the moon.  Add the white gel pen to just the center and blend with your finger outward.  Repeat until you get a lighter center to the moon to create dimension.



Die cut the Fantasy Castle from a medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Die cut the Stone Keep Castle from the darker shade from the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend the Fantasy Castle with Dusty Concord then lightly with Black Soot.  Repeat the same thing with the Stone Keep but add a little more Black Soot.  Take a charcoal pencil and drawing in the cuts of each Castle and blend with your finger.  To create the windows use Distress Alcohol Pearl inks Alchemy and Deception on transplant Yupo paper.  Glue to the back of the castle and trim off extra with scissors.  Glue the Fantasy Castle from the Stone Keep Castle


Die cut the Lantern Witch from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack.  Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot.  Adding more Black Soot to the lantern and hate.  You can use sticky note or washi tape to make it easier to ink blend.  Leave the amid and face untouched as the white center of the paper makes it look like the latter is lighting up her face.  Glue some the the Yubo background from the castle behind the lantern and trim off the excess.



To create the ghost use Distress Alcohol purple and blu ink on transplant Yupo paper.  Let dry.  Then take a paper towel damp with straight rubbing alcohol and white off.  This gives a slight tint to the Yupo to blend slightly into the background.  Die cut the Yupo with the Floating Ghosts dies.



Die cut  several times the smallest die from the Nested Globes die set from the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and a dark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack.  With a fine point black marker write names with year ranges and RIP on the tombstones.  Ink blend with Black Soot around the edges and randomly pull some ink across the center.  



For the furthest away hill use the same medium shade form the Twilight Purple paper pack and mark where the top of the hill should be to expose of the Cracking Campfire and Mustard Seed sky.  Cut the hill with scissor.  Repeat this process to make 3 more hills from xark greys from the Earth Neutral paper pack. Ink blend with Dusty Concord and Black Soot making the further away more darker.  Adhere the hills on the background.  Leave the top of the hill without adhesive to be able to add the die cuts behind the hills.  


Stamp and heat emboss Happy Halloween from Poppystamps Halloween Ingredients on black card stock.  I used a purple embossing powder that I had in my stash from several decades ago. Any purple embossing power will do.  Trim each work separately


Adhere the castle to the top of the hill in the center.  Add 3 of the smaller ghost around the castle.  Add a path from the castle entrance down to the next hill using a white pastel pencil and bland with your finger.  Add the witch to the first hill int he center.  Adhere the tombstones in the foreground tucking some behind the hills.  Trim some shorter and glue on the top of the hills.  Add the larger ghost behind one of the tombstones.  Adhere the sentiment on the last hill to the righthand side.  Create a card-base die cutting from heavy black and white card stock the largest die from the Slim Basic Rectangle. Score the white base at 1/4" inch and add adhesive to that section and adhere the black base on top.  Adhere the scene to the center of the card-base.




Mon 06

Spotlighting Sweet Peas
by Trina Pham


Hello and happy Labor Day to those celebrating.  For my card today, I modified the spotlighting technique to use with the Blooming Sweet Pea 3D embossing folder to create a very simple floral card.

Started by die cutting a circle stencil from masking paper using Circle Basics die.  Adhered the stencil to a Bristol panel and applied Milled Lavender distress ink (DI) with a blender brush.


Insert the panel into the embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.


Placed the circle stencil back and applied Shaded Lilac DI to the raised areas.


Used a sanding block next to buff the raised areas and remove the colors.

You could skip applying the darker ink color before sanding, but I wanted the contrast.  For some texture and a faux watercolor look, spritz it with water and blot with a paper towel.  


A circle frame was then die cut from Twilight Purple color paper with the circle die used to create the stencil and the next circle size up.  The Signature Greeting sentiment was heat embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock, then die cut out with the matching die.  Assembled the card onto a white card base and added some clear jewels to finish.


Really simple… and that does it for me.  Thank you for joining me today.  Have a wonderful week.







Sat 04

Dreamy Freesia on a Slim Diagonal Collage by Jean Okimoto

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A bold Slim Diagonal Collage creates an ink-blended background for the detailed Dreamy Freesia.  Coordinate the background with matching colors from the 6x6 Collections, then add a simple greeting and custom-colored jewels.  Hello, Jean Okimoto here with a summer-into-fall slimline design.  

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A strip of ink-blended cardstock from the stash was used here.  It's sprayed with a light layer of Imagine's Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz and air-dried while I worked on the rest of the card.

Cut white cardstock to 8-½" x 7-⅝".  Score it lengthwise at ¾" and 4-¼".  The ¾" section forms a tab to attach the back of the card. Diecut Slim Diagonal Collage about 1-¾" to the right of the ¾" scoreline.  Cut it lengthwise for best results.  

Cut another piece of cardstock to 3-½" x 8-½".  Attach it to the ¾" tab.

Attach a strip of the ink-blended cardstock behind the Slim Diagonal Collage.  Fold the cardstock to the inside on the 4-¼" scoreline and tape the edges.

Cut Hello Cursive Script Circle from the turquoise 6x6 sheet in the Fresh Aqua Collection.  Leave the diecut in the die and remove the offcuts with a piercing tool.  Cut a circle of white cardstock with the 2" Circle Basics die.  It's smaller than the script circle  so the background is visible.  Dot the greeting with tiny amounts of glue then press the greeting onto the white circle.  Push it out of the die with the piercing tool.

Cut Dreamy Freesia with the green 6x6 from the Lush Green Collection.  Cut the flower and 2 buds from the dark yellow 6x6 from the Sunny Orange Collection.  

Attach the diecuts to a white slimline card (3-½" x 8-½"). 

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Color Clear Jewels with an emerald green Sharpie or Copic Marker.  Color a medium-sized Fairy Drops Jewel with a yellow marker.  

Attach the diecuts to the card - use foamtape for the flower and buds.  The layers, foamtape and yellow jewel create a card requiring additional postage.

If you love the bold, crisp look of stripes too - join September's Stripes Challenge for a chance to win great Memory Box products.  View the Challenge details here.  Stripes aren't just straight vertical or horizontal designs - they can be wavy, diagonal, jumbled, arched or angled - we have great striped designs in our collage collection.

Thanks for visiting - have a great weekend!





Fri 03

Rainbow Hello Mini Slimline
by Angie Cimbalo

Hello and welcome, it's Angie here today with a clean and simple "Hello" card using a rainbow theme.  I used 2 of the newest dies from the latest release!  I love the new "Delicate Wreath" die and as soon as I saw it I imagined it in rainbow colors!  So that's how I decided to create my card.   
Here you can see that I used finger daubers with Distress Oxide Inks to blend ink onto card stock as you can see below:
I did extend the color all the way into the middle so that I could cut the word die from the left over piece in the center of the wreath die.  You can see below the "Cursive Hello Circle" die  is also in rainbow colors!  Both dies were also cut from black and then stacked together for dimension.
Next, I added both die cuts to a mini slimline panel slightly off the right side.  After cutting off the excess, I added that panel to a slightly bigger black card panel for a mat and added that to a mini slimline card base.  My card base is 3" X 6".

Lastly I added rainbow colored jewels on the outside of the wreath.  Here's one last look:

I hope you like my card for today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for more inspiration from the team!
Thanks so much for stopping by!







Fri 27

Happy Haunting


Happy Friday everyone!  For today's card I used the castle stamp and turned it into a Haunted House.  It's a great way to get the most out of your everyday stamps.

Let's make the card:

  • Create a blended background on white cardstock using Distress Oxide inks.


  • Lightly spritz with plain water and blot with a dry paper towel.
  • Stamp the castle on white cardstock and color with colored pencils.  Ink the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink, and die cut the image with the coordinating die.
  • Die cut the ghosts and moon from white cardstock and lightly ink the edges with Black Soot Distress ink.  Add a little bit of Mustard Seed Distress ink to the moon.
  • Die cut the gates and tree branches from black cardstock.
  • Stamp and white heat emboss the Happy Haunting on a strip of black cardstock.


  • Glue the moon and the branches to the card.
  • Next, adhere the ghosts and the railings to the back of the haunted house and glue it to the card.
  • Use foam tape to adhere the sentiment under the haunted house.
  • Glue the card front to a black cardstock mat and adhere it to a white card base.
  • Use a thin lined black marker to add cracks to the windows.


That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!